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International Master James Rizzitano
Revised: 08/29/2021


I am available for chess lessons for highly motivated students.
Winner of five international tournaments including the 1985 Windy City International, 1983 Chicago International and 1982 Continental Chess Summer International. Other notable results include: 2013 United States Senior Open (Tie 1st-4th), 1988 National Open Co-Champion, two-time New England Open Champion, four-time Massachusetts Open Champion, multi-time State Open Champion (IL, NH, RI), 1980 United States Open Speed Champion, 1979 National High School Champion, and 1976 National Junior High School Champion.
Peak USCF Rating 2587. Peak FIDE Rating 2450.
Author of the bestselling Gambit Publications books:
  • Modern Chess Opening Repertoire for White (November 2021).
  • Play the Najdorf Sicilian (2010).
  • Chess Explained: The Queen's Gambit Declined (2007).
  • Chess Explained: The Taimanov Sicilian (2006).
  • How to Beat 1 d4 (2005).
  • Understanding Your Chess (2004).


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